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School Closings

A Step Forward in Washington, A Step Back in New York

Randi Weingarten | Posted 04.19.2015 | Education
Randi Weingarten

There's no silver bullet when it comes to helping all children achieve. Great public schools are our best shot. But until we have more leaders willing to look past ideology, listen to those closest to the classroom, and find common ground, we won't move forward.

School Choice: Athletics or Academics

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 05.26.2015 | Education
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

It is time to question the resources being outlaid to sports programs when elementary educational programs are being curtailed.

Who's To Blame For Pennsylvania's School Closings?

Peter Greene | Posted 05.27.2015 | Education
Peter Greene

It is some sort of amazing Jedi mind trick -- citizens and taxpayers are looking right past the causes of schools' financial problems and deciding to blame it all on local school boards.

Wanting Your Children to Be in School Does Not Mean You Don't Love Them

Laurie Levy | Posted 04.27.2015 | Parents
Laurie Levy

If you are condemning other parents for not being as excited as you are to have a fun-filled day off of school, please stop. Unless you have walked the proverbial mile in someone else's shoes, you have no idea

An Open Letter to My 131-Year Old (Possibly Closing) Catholic School

Matt Weber | Posted 02.09.2015 | Education
Matt Weber

Yet, with hindsight comes clarity and the merits of a quality alma mater shine brightest in young adult retrospect. Looking back, you were profoundly characteristic of the Latin for which alma mater translates: nourishing mother.

How School Closures Across The Country Are Failing Black And Latino Children

The Huffington Post | Inae Oh | Posted 05.15.2014 | Latino Voices

In some of the country's largest cities, public school closures have become a familiar occurrence -- a phenomenon some community groups have blasted a...

What If Batman Announced School Closings?

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 02.18.2014 | Comedy

Will Arnett is a very funny man, thanks in large part to his commanding, gravelly voice that instantly lends gravitas to any role he plays. Which is w...

What Kids Today Can Learn From Gen-Xers About Sick Days

Jenny Isenman | Posted 04.01.2014 | Parents
Jenny Isenman

Follow these simple rules and you'll be wrongfully staying home from school in no time. That's right, you CAN fool us, or at the very least make us proud trying.

The Severe Impact Of Mass School Closings

MSNBC | Trymaine Lee | Posted 10.16.2013 | Latino Voices

PHILADELPHIA— Each morning just before school, Dawn Hawkins and her 13-year-old son Khyrie hold hands, close their eyes and bow their heads. “B...

$20 Million Chicago Schools Contract Raises Questions

Lorraine Forte | Posted 09.30.2013 | Chicago
Lorraine Forte

Quietly and without public fanfare, the Chicago Board of Education recently awarded a contract to a small for-profit company that CPS officials say is the best bet to provide high-quality training for principals and mid-level administrators.

The Intentional Impoverishment of Neighborhood Schools

Dave Stieber | Posted 09.29.2013 | Chicago
Dave Stieber

Now that we have less staff, larger class sizes, and less resources our school will be demanded to improve or have the threat of being "turned around." Every neighborhood school in the city is facing similar or even worse cuts.

Turn Off the Lights: Public School Closings, Minority Youth and Bleak Futures

Shaun Ossei-Owusu | Posted 09.15.2013 | Black Voices
Shaun Ossei-Owusu

A seemingly undeniable historical reality is that minority youth have often been seen as devoid of the kind of innocence and worthiness of investment that white youth have been afforded.

Art Succeeding Above the Fray

Crystal Cheatham | Posted 08.27.2013 | Impact
Crystal Cheatham

Art in schools has demonstrated the power to foster in students a social and emotional intelligence through craft making, play and storytelling that augments the learning process of more structured subjects like math, reading and science.

Chicago's Students Deserve Acts of Heroism

Dennis Van Roekel | Posted 07.23.2013 | Chicago
Dennis Van Roekel

There is plenty of evidence to suggest that Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to shutter 50 (yes, 50) schools won't be good for Chicago's children, especially children of color.

What's the Plan for Chicago Public Schools? Look No Further Than Detroit

Kenzo Shibata | Posted 07.08.2013 | Chicago
Kenzo Shibata

If the goal is truly to fix public education in Chicago, would there be a need for marketing lessons for CPS bureaucrats? If during moments of honesty, managers talk about "blowing up" and "dismantling" a district, having a detailed script may be necessary.

Broader, Bolder Should Have Done Better Homework

Eric Lerum | Posted 06.30.2013 | Politics
Eric Lerum

Having worked directly on the education reforms implemented in D.C. over the past several years, I read with interest a recently released national report that purports to examine the impacts of various education reforms in three of the nation's largest cities.

"Nobody Asked Us!" School Closings, Public Decision-Making, and, Yes, There Is a Better Way

Susan Naimark | Posted 06.04.2013 | Politics
Susan Naimark

Last week, thousands of teachers, parents, students and community leaders showed up in Chicago's downtown loop to protest the closing of 54 schools. Chicago is not alone: from Los Angeles to Philadelphia, public schools are being shuttered in low-income, urban communities of color.

Chicago Public Schools and Other People's Children

Kenzo Shibata | Posted 06.03.2013 | Chicago
Kenzo Shibata

Apparently the Board of Education understands that moving students out of their home schools causes much pain and suffering, which is only acceptable for other people's children.

1 of 150 Arrested for Protesting School Closures

Dave Stieber | Posted 05.28.2013 | Chicago
Dave Stieber

How much longer can I go on letting my students in Englewood be treated as second-class citizens by a school system that says it cares about them?

Where Were You A Decade Ago?

Claire Wapole | Posted 05.26.2013 | Chicago
Claire Wapole

In the largest action of its kind in U.S. history, Chicago Public Schools are closing over 50 schools at once. This is such a huge undertaking that it has made national and international news.

Coalition Pushes Back Against School Closings

AP | SARA BURNETT | Posted 03.22.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- Chicago Public Schools officials ended months of speculation when they released the list of 54 schools the city plans to close, but the pus...

Joy Resmovits

Chicago To Shut Down 54 Schools

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.22.2013 | Chicago

Citing budget concerns and falling enrollment, Chicago Public Schools officials announced Thursday they plan to close 54 schools next year and shut do...

Ed Today: Denver School Cheating, Moody's Likes Philly School Closings

Joy Resmovits | Posted 05.18.2013 | Politics
Joy Resmovits

Colorado Cheating? According to Ed News Colorado, about 35 high school students figured out how to go into their teachers' computer system. They changed their grades on instant "mastery tests" to make it look as if they'd entered the correct answers in the first place. Thirty-five kids in a major urban school district is proportionally small, but keep in mind that the mastery test is a low-stakes, formative assessment. As high-stakes standardized tests become digitized, is this something we're going to see happen more often?

Reading, Writing and Recklessness

Randi Weingarten | Posted 05.17.2013 | Politics
Randi Weingarten

Some of the sequester's harshest cuts target programs that are critical for children who are disadvantaged or have special needs. These actions weren't unavoidable; they were concocted in the halls of Congress.

State Lawmakers Call For Moratorium On CPS School Closings

Posted 03.12.2013 | Chicago

The Illinois state legislature's Latino and Black caucuses on Monday warned against the Chicago Public Schools' plan to close dozens of its schools --...